As a follow-up to this post, most parents have reported raw marks. Some very important things are noticed
- English and GA still the most important areas. A high score in math would not help if English and GA are low.
- Just a very strong performance in English or GA would be enough to push a student into top 10 selective schools. Strong performance in both will push t he profile to the level 240+
- The English strategy here seems successful. Even though they have made the English part a little easier so students get higher English marks overall but a few have scored so high in English alone that took them to top 10 selective schools purely on English performance.
- Poor ranking at a school will cripple a student with ranking penalty. While it is important to have good raw test marks, students cannot get high selective profiles on test marks alone. Therefore, any student who thinks school work and tests are easy and would not try to score well to be ahead of others in the same school will be penalised. This is part of the government strategy to reduce the numbers of successful applicants from a single school to give better opportunities to top students from all schools. It is again confirmed that a top student at a weak school who is a little weaker than a bottom student in an OC class at a strong school will likely get higher selective profile.
- Students who have problems in a school with a large OC class and get ranked at the bottom (either being lazy to do the work or due to conflicts with teacher) could lose between 10 - 25 points in selective profile! From the small sample of students here each year, this seemed to happen only to students in OC classes.
The conclusion is that parents should actively seek to know how a school collect marks for selective school application. Parents should actively talk to the OC teachers in the first opportunity for parent teacher interview and find out if there are any behaviour problems and sort things out before July of year 5. It will be too late to deal with it by late Nov as all the marks would have been sent to the SSU for processing.
Students should be encouraged to be active in class, participate in groups and talk to teachers to sort out problems. Otherwise later parents will have no choice but to appeal and this is mostly unsuccessful.